The Gophers will have a new starting quarterback for P.J. Fleck’s second season at Minnesota. Demry Croft, a sophomore who started the final six games in 2017, will leave the program, a school spokesman confirmed Monday morning.

"Demry asked Coach [P.J.] Fleck for his release after Saturday's game and Coach will grant him that release,'' Paul Rovnak, assistant athletic director for communications, wrote in a text message.

On Sunday, a potential replacement — a highly regarded junior college quarterback from California — tweeted his whereabouts: Minneapolis.

Croft went 2-4 in his six Big Ten starts this season, completing five or fewer passes in four of them, and he had three games of 47 or fewer passing yards. Not surprisingly, the Gophers rank 122nd nationally in passing offense. In conference play, they averaged 110.4 passing yards per game.

Saturday, Croft completed three of nine passes for 40 yards in a 31-0 loss to Wisconsin, a week after he went 2-for-11 for 43 yards with three interceptions in a 39-0 loss at Northwestern.

Croft’s departure thins the Gophers’ list at quarterback next year. Tanner Morgan, a freshman who redshirted this season, was listed third behind Croft and fifth-year senior Conor Rhoda on the final depth chart, and sophomore-to-be Seth Green, who played in one game as a reserve this season but did not throw a pass, was listed as fourth.